Ben McAdoo spent his two seasons as New York Giants head coach brushing aside the media, trying to say as little as possible. In the last day, the former Giants coach has said a lot. You might even term his comments “explosive.”
First, in an interview with Peter King to be part of King’s NBC Sports debut column, McAdoo said he “needed to be better” for Odell Beckham Jr. and that he didn’t really see the big picture during his time in New York.
Now, speaking with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, McAdoo trashed the Giants offensive line, threw former GM Jerry Reese under a bus and had unflattering things to sayt about the Giants’ NFC East rivals.
On Ereck Flowers’ move to right tackle:
“He can’t bend, you got to be able to bend,” McAdoo said. “You can run around him on that side (right side) just like you can on the other side, Eli just gets to see it, which may help Eli.”
Then again, McAdoo doesn’t appear to think much of new left tackle Nate Solder.
“Getting a left tackle in there will help them in a lot of ways,” McAdoo said of Solder. “I don’t think he’s a very good player, but I think it will help them in a lot of ways where they needed help in that room in the past and they haven’t had anyone to do that.
McAdoo also said that the Giants “let the right guys leave” by not re-signing Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, and that “I have a hard time seeing” Jon Halapio as a starting center.
McAdoo often said during his time as Giants coach that he and Reese were tied at the hip. Well, now that they are untied McAdoo let it be known that he didn’t always agree with Reese’s decisions. Speaking about the Giants’ offseason, McAdoo had this to say:
“I think they’ve made a lot of the moves I wanted to make.”
McAdoo also said he thought the Giants would win the division, the Eagles wouldn’t be able to handle success, the Cowboys “got a bunch of guys getting in trouble all the time” and “Washington is Washington, right?”
McAdoo also agreed with the decision not to select a quarterback at No. 2 in the draft, saying he “wouldn’t have stood on the table” to draft any of the available quarterbacks.
This is the real guy, outspoken, sharp, not holding back.... the media got to see it not often enough the last two years. https://t.co/1IGMEHDcr0— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 13, 2018
Obviously, there are things you have to keep to yourself when you are the head coach, but wow. Where was this honest, forthcoming quote machine when he was with the Giants?